Hello Sybaritic Faithful,
I am at music camp! Writing to you all from North Adams, Massachusetts while I attend the Bang on a Can Summer Festival. Lovingly housed at the innovative MASS MoCA, BoaC is in its 11th year of inspiring new music artists.
In true Charm City fashion, I couldn’t leave town without calling 911 after I witnessed a woman lose control of her car and fishtail (directly in front of me) on a slippery JFX before slamming in to the median. I was hoping that it was the worst part of my trip up to North Adams and fortunately the rest of the trip was smooth sailing.
Today was full of orientation details and more getting-to-know-you banter. Even though I am the only singer here this summer, I think I may have found (gasp!) instrumentalists that converse! Victory.
Musically we had some wonderful experiences which began with a reading of Terry Riley’s “In C” which allowed everyone in the festival to all play together. Plus, I had my first rehearsal on Missy Mazzoli’s piece “Shy Girl Shouting Music” written for piano, electric bass, upright bass, and voice. We finished up the evening with an introduction to African drumming. Keep an eye out in the next few days to read about my progress in said drumming…
Much more tomorrow and beyond (when I don’t have to post from my phone!)
Remember to post your comments and questions about BoaC and my awesomely nerdy time at music camp in the comments below.